An abuse past taught Jo to be cautious and her dating life was no different. With the help of her two friends, Jo set up a test for all her dates to pass: an evening at a bi/gay club. If a person couldn’t accept the location or her friends, he wasn’t the guy for her. So far, no man has proven acceptable.
Matthew and Brain knew Jo for years, lived with her as a platonic roommate since college. After years of the dating pool, they decided Jo has had enough. If she couldn’t find a man on her own for a single couple relationship, it was time she knew there was more available to her. Them.
Her roommates were always there for her, but in the last few days they have begun to change and change made her nervous. Not slim or pretty, their sexual overtures confused her. For one, they were gay. For another, they loved each other. Matthew and Brian knew it would not be easy to convince her, but they never guessed the depth of her emotions. Each man loved her in more than a platonic way and the last thing they ever wanted was to let her go. Now they must decide if her love was worth fighting for or if her friendship alone would be enough.
Anne Douglas has written a very emotional novel, one to make the reader easily slip into the characters world. I liked all the characters but with so little back story on the men, I didn’t feel as connected to them. This novel is strictly Jo’s story. I love the men’s protective attitude and the way they showed their love for her. “Persuading Jo” nicely portrayed how Jo blossomed under love and started to believe in herself. She seemed a little passive at first and it really made the outcome all the better. The heat between the three was very intense and made the romantic scenes all the more gripping. For a sizzling, romantic romp to pull at your heartstrings, “Persuading Jo” is the book to buy.
Warning: This book deals with some gay relations and is highly explicit. If this is offensive to you in any way, this book may not be for you.
Reviewed by Stacey Brutger
for The Road to Romance
September 7, 2006